What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
Help For Those Tired and Swollen Feet
As the body gets older the aches and pains come more frequently. Since the feet are responsible for carrying the entire weight of the body they tend to cause much suffering if not properly cared for. Doctors tell us that walking even for just a few minutes per day helps keep the blood flowing and our feet flexible therefore less likely to cause us suffering. A good soak in cool water often helps to relieve pain in the feet. The best advice I can think of is wading barefoot in a cold mountain stream. That will bring welcome relief not only to tired soles but to tired souls as well.
Consecrating Our Feet
As with the other parts of the body we studied thus far the Bible draws analogies with the physical feet and our spiritual feet. When we walk our feet gather the dust and dirt that’s in our path much more than the rest of our body. Many cultures still hold to the tradition of removing one’s shoes when entering a home as a sign of respect but there is also the practical reason of keeping as much dirt as possible from entering the home. In much the same way when we as Christians walk about in the world we pick up sin dirt on our spiritual feet.
Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” (John 13:10 ESV) As Jesus washes His disciples feet He explains to Peter that the continuous gathering of sin dirt which we collect as we go about our daily life must not be neglected. We need a daily cleansing through repentant prayer. Not only do we need to care for our own feet but we must keep watch on our fellow Christians with loving humility lest they fall into some dangerous sin. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. (John 13:14 ESV)
Verses for Further Study
And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (Ephesians 6:15)
My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. (Psalms 121:2-3)
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (Romans 10:15)
He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail. (1 Samuel 2:9)
For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living? (Psalms 56:13)
Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalms 119:105)
Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. (Proverbs 4:26)